WSL PURE: Coasts

We host events all over the world in some of the most beautiful places and with some of the strongest communities on the planet. We know that healthy coasts are better for everyone, but we've also seen the impacts of overuse, development and habitat loss. From trampling over sand dunes, to sunscreen bleaching reefs, wherever we travel, humans leave their mark and our coastal communities are continually feeling this pressure.

Crowd gathering for sunset at Keramas 2018 © Sloane Spectators gathering for a beautiful sunset at Keramas WSL / Ed Sloane

In order to protect our one shared ocean, we need to safeguard its surrounding land. Conserving coastal areas protects diverse habitats, home to many endangered species, and other natural resources. Not only does preservation benefit our marine life and ecosystems, but it also has measurable advantages for our coastal communities--protecting them against powerful storms and filtering pollution from runoff.

It's time to make a change as healthy coastal habitats are safer to surf in, contain more abundant wildlife, and help build stronger local economies.

WSL crowd gathered at Peniche 2018 © Masurel WSL events have a positive economic impact and support community building on local levels. WSL / Laurent Masurel

There are steps we can all take to make sure no one is picking up after us. By committing to leave every beach better than we found it, we will safeguard our coasts, and partner with local communities to protect every wave we surf. We can all make positive changes on an individual level, and collectively, we can build strong coastal communities that promote responsible tourism, conserve sensitive habitat, and support local economies.

Fans gathering on the bluff of Uluwatu © Sloane Fans gathering on the bluff of Uluwatu WSL / Ed Sloane

On an individual level, you can help improve our coasts by:

  • Joining your local community organizations and boards who can guide you on habitat destruction, invasive species, and taking steps to reduce onshore pollutants
  • Always following local rules and signage when in sensitive habitats

To further your impact, support our partners who are doing amazing work to improve our coastlines.

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